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How gorgeous are these?! I had been waiting soooo long for these to come back into stock, and I wanted to get all of them but that damn Mermaid Clam eludes me every time.
Spectrum’s brushes all have synthetic, vegan bristles, which is why they are unbelievably soft and the colours are so bold. Gentle in more ways than one! They all feature large, sturdy yet lightweight handles so even the shakiest of hands will have oodles of control. I think it’s wicked that these brushes actually have a personality instead of plain ol’ black or dull plastic. Makes a nice change and they look sweet on your dressing table with the rest of your beautiful make up collection. One thing I noticed is that all the brushes are relatively dense which gives them a luxurious feel at a budget price.
When your brushes arrive they are packed up in a bright pink plastic case, complete with a handwritten thank you card! Give them a wash first (don’t worry, the bristles won’t fall out at all).
C01 – LARGE FAN BRUSH
This bad boy is seriously big. Bigger than I expected but I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for dusting highlighter on to cheekbones, collar bones and shoulders. It’s large size gives a subtle, diffused effect that is easily buildable without getting cakey. It can be used with both pressed and loose powder, although be aware that the brush might grab and deposit a lot of product if you are heavy-handed with a loose powder.
C02 – FLAT TOP CONTOUR
If you are after precise application for your contour, look no further. The density of this brush gives you a lot of control over the amount of product you are applying and where you are applying it. I have way more control with this brush than the soft contour brush I’d been using before, so the C02 is great if you are a contouring noob like me. If you are a contouring pro, this brush is best used for giving you sharp and defined lines that could cut your ex’s heart out. The other thing I noticed about this brush is that it can also blend out harsh lines pretty well (if you’re not after such a dramatic contour).
CO6 – TULIP EYE CONTOUR
A nice, quite large brush with medium density bristles that pick up quite a lot of product (easily tapped off) I personally would recommend sticking to pressed powders and creams cos I feel like loose shadow would just go EVERYWHERE. The tulip shape allows for smooth and blended application right into the eye socket without pulling on the skin, but if you want precision application I would go with a Tapered Blending Brush or an Angled Brush (I am looking at buying these as this brush is too large for the eye looks I want to do).
C05 – DOMED CONTOUR
This brush looks pretty similar to the Tulip Eye Contour, but on closer inspection you can feel that the brush is denser, shorter and you can see that the bristles lack the tapered effect – ideal for creating flawless, defined shadows around the nose and any other personal areas where you need accurate and controlled contouring. I wouldn’t use this for larger areas on the face due to the size of the brush. My sister was told on a MAC make up course that a larger brush gives less room for error. Practise first if you are unused to a smaller brush (When I first started contouring I actually used a detailer brush and gave myself a bump in my nose!) You can use this brush with cream or powder.
A06 – MEDIUM FLUFFY SHADER
The brush that lives up to it’s name – it certainly is fluffy! I really, really like this brush, it is super versatile and can be used for base shadows on the eyes, highlight down the centre of the nose or brow bone and to build shadows on the lid.
A12 – FLUFFY PENCIL
An ambitious little brush that is very small, smaller than expected but again very versatile and easy to use. It’s ideal for exact application on the inner or outer corners of the eyes, for creating soft smoky lines on the lower or upper lash line. It can be likened to a mini crease brush, but I would get a specific brush for the crease as to me, it’s an integral part of my eye make up. I would suggest sticking to powders with this brush as it’s a bit in between-y for creams – too big to create a defined looking wing but too small to blend properly.
Overall, I am in love with these brushes, the only one I wish I didn’t get was the Tulip Eye Contour – but that is a personal preference and it is a lovely brush if it suits you.
What do you think of the Spectrum Brushes? Have you tried any? Let me know in the comments!